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Coyotes chairman Gosbee ‘extremely pleased’ to buy the team

Aug 5, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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Now that the Phoenix Coyotes are no longer wards of the NHL, it’s time to get to know the group of businessmen who jumped in to save hockey in the desert.

The 10-man group called IceArizona is headed up by team Chairman and Team Governor George Gosbee. He was the guy who helped spearhead the group in rallying together to buy the franchise. Gosbee was thrilled about seeing the purchase finalized.

“We are extremely pleased to have finalized the transaction with the NHL and to take ownership of the Coyotes franchise,” he said.

Joining him are Anthony LeBlanc and Daryl Jones, former members of the Ice Edge Holdings group who attempted to purchase the team two years ago. LeBlanc as well is ecstatic to finally own the Coyotes.

“Our ultimate goal is to bring a Stanley Cup championship to our tremendously resilient, passionate and dedicated fan base here in the Valley. We have a lot of work to do and we can’t wait to get started,” LeBlanc said.

Rounding out the group of 10 are: Avik Dey, Gary J. Drummond, W. David Duckett, W. R. Dutton, Robert Gwin, Scott Saxberg, Craig Stewart, and Richard Walter. You search engine wizards can have fun looking up who they are.

  1. pirovash88 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Awesome news for Yotes’ fans, although i wouldn’t mind seeing them in Seattle someday. At least it’ll give me a chance to have a road trip from California to see the Kings play em in Glendale some day.

  2. soldierone - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    GO YOTES! Here to stay, and more importantly not playing in Seattle! OR QUBEC!!! BAHAHAHAHA!

    • vshehane - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Very happy for you guys!

  3. phxhockeyfan - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Damn this tatses so good!!!! Suck it Quebec City, Seattle, Winnepeg haters, Trolls, Ryan Lamebert from Puck Daddy, etc. AND Go Yotes!!!

    • vshehane - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Congrats to the Coyotes! Believe me, Nashville went all through it with the haters from up North! Ballsilli was actually selling our season tickets to games in Hamilton. What a loser!

  4. x50cal - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I’m glad there are true hockey fans in this post….the morons that keep saying they deserve to be moved are not true hockey fans because nobody deserves to lose their team….go Yotes!!!!!!

    • pirovash88 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Panthers’ fans do, $7 seats is just flat our ridiculous..

  5. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    F*ck Seattle and Canada! We got this on lock! Hostage situation! Go Yotes!

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      As a Canadian, i am happy the team will stay in Arizona.anyone who had read these boards knows I’ve supported the team staying in place. I don’t agree with the f@ck Canada statement, but would rather support a statement saying, “f@ck smug Canadians”, which would then not include people like myself.

  6. hildezero - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Okay then… F*ck smug Canadians!

  7. fiddytucker - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    All the months defending our city, team, state…
    I’m glad to see positive interaction on here as well.

  8. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Smug Canadian here, and proud of it. Can’t wait for the whole moving debacle to start up again in 5 years…

  9. hildezero - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Well, that’s too bad for you. You’re gonna have to wait all this time with no action taking place.

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